Oral Sedation For A Relaxing Dental Experience

Sedation dentistry is dental treatment provided while the patient is sedated to enhance their comfort and relaxation. Oral sedation helps dental patients just like you to better tolerate treatment and get the most out of their dental care.

Dental Anxiety

Anxiety can have different effects on the body. It’s about more than just feeling nervous. Suffering an intense dental phobia can result in:

Increased heart rate and blood pressure

Nausea and indigestion


Chest pain

Hyperventilation (dangerous in people with breathing issues)

Lowered pain threshold


Suffering from chronic dental anxiety leads to constant high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to weight gain and a weakened immune system. Reducing stress, especially that related to dental treatment, is essential for maintaining overall health.

Oral sedation is a wonderful aid to relaxing in the dental chair and being able to tolerate treatment. It puts both you and the dentist at ease; when the patient is comfortable, the dentist can focus better on the task at hand and keep the patient safe.

How Oral Sedation Works

  • Sedative medications are prescribed to take in advance of your treatment session. Some medications can be taken the evening before to ensure you get a restful night of sleep.

  • Oral sedation doesn’t render you unconscious. You won’t blackout. Rather, you’ll just have a dulled perception of your surroundings while remaining fully awake and aware. You’ll be able to respond to the dentist’s instructions and answer questions, but you may feel very sleepy. When the medication wears off, you may feel like you just woke up from a nap. Certain sedative medications do have an amnesic effect so you might have little memory of the procedure.

  • Dental sedation medications wear off within a matter of hours after treatment. You’ll want to have a family member or trusted friend at the ready to transport you back home. Dental anxiety doesn’t have to hold you back any longer thanks to oral sedation which minimizes discomfort and maximizes relaxation. Having a gentle, empathetic, and experienced dentist like Dr. Guzmán will also help you feel secure.